Rupinder Pal Singh retires: A look at his titles and achievements
It was a rather surprising decision with the 30-year-old seemingly on top of his game, having contributed heavily to India's run to a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020. He scored four goals -- second highest by an Indian after Harmanpreet Singh -- which included a crucial penalty stroke against Germany in the third-place match.
Let us have a look at the titles and achievements that he earned in his 13-years long and successful career.
Titles and achievements
Rupinder Pal Singh made his foray into the Indian national team in 2008. He took inspiration from the calm and dedicated attitude of former India captain Sardar Singh and went on to become one of the best drag-flickers in the world due to his consistent performance.
Former India head coach Hardendra Singh, who worked closely with 'Bob' (Rupinder's nickname), had also picked him up as one of the most important Indian players in the Tokyo 2020 squad while speaking to Olympics.com.
“Get penalty corners as much as possible as Harmanpreet Singh and Bob (Rupinder Pal Singh) are in good form," Harendra Singh had said.
He has, in fact, been a crucial part of the Indian squad since their gold medal-winning run at the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup besides helping them clinch gold at the 2011 Asian Men's Hockey Champions Trophy.
The 6'4" tall defender has also been a top-scorer in multiple tournaments including the 2011 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, 2013 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, 2016 Asian Champions Trophy (11 goals) and 4-Nation Invitational Tournament (6 goals) in Melbourne, also in 2016.
He also helped India win a silver medal at the 2011 Men's Hockey Champions Challenge I, bronze at the 2012 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, silver 2012 Asian Men's Hockey Champions Trophy, silver at 2013 Men's Hockey Asia Cup, silver at 2014 Commonwealth Games, gold at 2014 Asian Games, bronze at 2014-15 Men's FIH Hockey World League, gold at 2016 Asian Men's Hockey Champions Trophy, bronze at 2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, bronze at 2017 Hockey World League Finals and third-placed finish at 2018 Asian Games.
However, for the two-time Olympian, the achievement at Tokyo 2020 will always stand out.